Boating & sailing
Take to the water in Victoria. Melbourne makes the most of its location on Australia's largest bay, offering opportunities to learn to sail, take a leisurely cruise down the Yarra River, or head out into the open waters of Port Phillip Bay.
Gippsland is home to Australia's largest groups of inland waterways, and a popular destination for water sports enthusiasts. Explore the vast lakes, national parks, port-side villages and the Ninety Mile Beach. Further north, the seaside village of Mallacoota is surrounded by the deserted beaches, rocky promontories, wildlife and whales-spotting of Croajingolong National Park.
For a more relaxing water experience, hire a houseboat and wander along the Murray River, past red gums and paddle steamers, and stopping off in historic ports to fill up on fuel and regional food and wines.
Boating licences are required for most boat operators. Persons hiring or chartering a boat may be exempt.
Explore by region
A day on the water is a great way to sample the island's aquatic treasures. Explore secret bays, catch fish, and experience abundant marine life.
Embark on a short cruise on an historic paddle steamer, or captain your own houseboat for a leisurely tour of the lakes and rivers of the region.
With the largest inland network of waterways at your disposal, Gippsland is the perfect location for a boating expedition.
Fill your sails on Port Phillip Bay and sail off on powerboats, yachts and kayaks past Mornington Peninsula's resident dolphins and inquisitive seals.
See Melbourne from a different angle by getting out on the water, sail the sparkling waters of Port Phillip Bay or cruise down the Yarra River.